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If the GOP really wants to fix the economy, party will accept Obama’s tax deal


Let me finish tonight with this.

President Obama made an offer today - an offer the Republicans “can’t” refuse.

They can sit on their hands and mock him. They can play politics and refuse even to make a counter-offer.

Or they can grow up and start negotiating.

That’s if they really do care enough about the country’s slow recovery to kick it into a higher gear.

The President’s put something on the table. He’s put out proposals: a big chop in corporate tax rates, an even mightier one for manufacturing - a total gimme to business.

He’s also proposed a big road and bridge-mending program, the stuff Republicans back to Lincoln and on through Eisenhower and the latest highway appropriation have liked.

He’s also proposed a minimum wage hike.

So how about the Republicans come back and say:

(A) We’ll take the corporate tax cut

(B) We’ll take the road and bridge spending piece if you keep it strictly to that and keep the costs tight


(C) We’ll give you a minimum wage hike that at least covers inflation.

If the Republicans want to kick the economy into a higher gear that’s what they’d do.

As Hyman Roth would put it, they’d say “I’m going in to take a nap. When I wake, if the money’s on the table, I’ll know I have a partner. If it isn’t, I’ll know I don’t.”

The Democrat in the White House has made his offer. Time for the Republicans to match it.

Again, if they really want a partner in growing this economy.